Negotiations between Red Sox, Nathan Eovaldi ‘intensifying’

Eovaldi

Eovaldi

The Boston Red Sox wanted to keep free agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi in Boston and they have done exactly that.

Eovaldi is one of the few free agents from the championship team, giving the 108-win AL East champions a chance to repeat with virtually the same roster.

The 36-year-old Happ has a career ERA of 3.90 with 1,357 strikeouts and a 109-82 record. He limited opponents to a.185 batting average while serving as an iron man - he threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings in the ALCS clincher vs. the Astros and then appeared in each of the first three games of the World Series, including six innings of relief in an 18-inning Game 3 loss to the Dodgers.

Nathan Eovaldi got his start in the Major League Baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 but over the next seven years he bounced around as a piece in trades for bigger names like Hanley Ramirez and Martin Prado. That mix made Eovaldi particularly tough on the Yankees and their right-handed lineup, as he allowed just one earned run over 23 innings and limited NY hitters to a.367 OPS after his move to the Red Sox.

"I told him how proud I was of him", Cora said. He missed the 2017 season while recuperating from Tommy John surgery.

He's also pretty comfortable in Yankee Stadium where he frequently pitched as a member of the Bronx Bombers in 2015 and 2016.

Eovaldi reportedly has re-signed with the Red Sox on a four-year deal worth $67.5 million.

If he spends the next four years pitching like he did in the playoffs, the contract will be a bargain. He had arthroscopic surgery late in spring training to remove loose bodies in his pitching elbow and did not make his season debut until May 30 - his first major league game since August 10, 2016.

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